"The plan shows that there is no need to remove", says Carlos Vainer, professor of the Institute for Research and Urban and Regional Planning from UFRJ (IPPUR / UFRJ), who helped design the project.
"There are viable alternatives to urbanize that area.
Removal will be much more expensive and could only be explained by the desire to make a social cleansing of the area", he
The Stadium MaracanÃ£ will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio, as well as football matches.
The stadium was renovated for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013 and is now again upgraded for the World Cup in 2014 - Photo: Marizilda Cruppe / BBC Brasil
is one of the supporters of the Popular Committee of the World Cup
and the Olympics, created by social movements and civil society groups to monitor the progress of projects related to mega events.
criticizes the lack of a "democratic debate" and says that the Olympic project is being developed without the participation of society.
Something denied by the Mayor of Rio
For Carlos Vainer
, the arrival of the Olympic flag should trigger reflection rather than celebration.
"This date means that we have four years to radically change a project that is segregated and elitist, and deploying a more democratic project", Vainer